The Muskingum County Commissioners and Falls Township are at an impasse when it comes to a sewer problem.
Last week some residents of Licking Road had sewage back up into their homes. A Falls Township Trustee also said one man’s septic tank blew its lid because of pressure and 4,000 gallons of water were pumped out of it.
In order to help the residents Falls Township and County Engineer Doug Davis tried to help by finding where the line ran and unblocked it.
"I think when you have a disaster like this that everyone ought to work together," said Falls Township Trustee Wendell Smitley. "Everybody ought to be involved to help people out."
That’s why the township had hoped the county commissioners would pay some of the bill. But, because these homes are believed to be on a private sewer system the county holds no responsibility.
"They keep saying it’s our problem but we’re not getting any revenue from those people because they’re not paying usage fee," said Commissioner Jim Porter. "They aren’t paying a tap fee because it’s a private line. If it was our line they would have paid a tap fee and be paying a usage fee and there would be funds available to fix the problem."
Falls Township said they’ll do no more work to the line because it’s not their irresponsibility to take care of sewage. Commissioner Porter said he believes in a few years the Environmental Protection Agency will mandate they put sewer in the area, which will cost homeowners thousands of dollars in tap fees and usage fees.
137 homes are located in the subdivision affected by the sewage problem.